Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President Professor of Law
Anthony W. Crowell is New York Law School’s 16th Dean and President. He took office in May 2012. Dean Crowell’s area of expertise is state and local government law.
Since joining NYLS in 2012, Dean Crowell has worked closely with the faculty, trustees, administration, alumni, and students to initiate bold and innovative changes. This includes: reintroducing NYLS as New York’s law school; issuing and implementing a new comprehensive Strategic Plan and an Institutional Diversity & Inclusion Plan; adopting a new curriculum; and, vastly expanding clinical and experiential learning programs, all focused on driving student outcomes and leveraging New York City as the ultimate classroom. NYLS also established two new groundbreaking academic centers for IP/Tech and Public Interest Law, and made significant enhancements to career planning and placement, student and alumni engagement, and fundraising programs. NYLS recently received one of the largest gifts in the nation’s history to support practical training at a law school. The gift supports clinical and experiential learning through The Joe Plumeri Center for Social Justice and Economic Opportunity, which opened in Fall 2015.
In October 2013, Dean Crowell was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of its “People to Watch in Higher Education,” the only law school dean to make the list. In June 2015, he was featured in a Lawdragon “Lawyer Limelight” profile. Dean Crowell served as an adjunct professor from 2003 to 2012 before joining NYLS full-time.
Prior to his appointment, Dean Crowell served as Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In this role, he served as counsel and senior management and policy advisor to the Mayor, as well as general counsel to the Office of the Mayor. His responsibilities included managing a broad portfolio of legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing New York City’s performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity. He provided coordination and oversight of city agencies, boards, and commissions, and spearheaded government reform efforts and business process re-engineering initiatives. He negotiated and helped implement landmark reforms to the City’s lobbying and campaign finance laws. He also chaired the City’s Panel on Regulatory Review, and sat on various boards dealing with pensions, procurement, and franchises and concessions. In addition, he served either as an executive director, counsel, or commissioner with six city charter revision commissions.
Before becoming Counselor to the Mayor, Dean Crowell served as Special Counsel to the Mayor from 2002 to 2006. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions, where he handled complex litigation, advised on constitutional questions and the legality of disputed policy issues, and drafted legislation and regulations for the Mayor and city agencies. In 2001, he directed the City’s World Trade Center Death Certificate Program, and was counsel at the city’s Family Assistance Center, aiding families of victims of the 9/11 attacks. Dean Crowell is a recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney Award.
From 1992 to 1997, Dean Crowell worked in Washington, D.C., at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), where he managed the association’s government affairs and policy committee. He also assisted in the preparation of amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in cases concerning state and local governments through ICMA’s affiliation with the State and Local Legal Center.
Dean Crowell is the author of numerous articles, practice materials, and other publications on state and local government law topics. He is an active and recognized member of New York City’s legal and civic communities. In 2013, he was appointed by the Mayor to serve a six-year term on the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, which is the City’s ethics board. In 2003, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the nation’s fifth largest library system. He served as its Board Chair from 2009 to 2014, a period during which he helped lead historic and transformative changes in library governance and operations. He is now Board Vice Chair of BPL’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Union Foundation, which conducts research and promotes public-policy solutions on matters affecting New York City and State government, as well as the Board of the Congressional Award Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Dean Crowell received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and a J.D., cum laude, from American University. He is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey. He previously taught State and Local Government Law at Brooklyn Law School for 12 years.
Law Review & Scholarly Articles
Revisionists’ History: A Foreword (Symposium: Process, Powers, and Lessons for the Future: 25 Years of the New York City Charter Revisions), 58 NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL LAW REVIEW 11- 16 (2013-2014).